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Environment And Energy Award

Environment And Energy Award

Magnation Key To Non Intrusive Water Treatment

Created 03 August 2020


Technipharm Profile

Technipharm Profile

Fieldays On Line

Created 03 August 2020


Fermenting And Soil Organics

Fermenting And Soil Organics

Research On Soil Organics Delivers Interesting Outcomes

Soil managemnt is always an intersting subject of discussion, much is still unknown, but as the world is looking for solutions of weanig itself off oil and chemicals interesting solutions emerge 

Created 03 August 2020


Auto Calf Feeders Report 2020

Auto Calf Feeders Report 2020

Feeding Calves Automated Reduces Labour

Auto feeders have been around for a long time, as one of NZ few remaing manufacturers of feeders TechniPharm has a 30 year history in providing feeders, from the early Irish Le Grains to the ROBOT feeder ( made in NZ) 


This Report prepared by the Dairy Exporter June 2020 

Created 28 June 2020


Achieve More With Less

Achieve More With Less

Irrigation And Water Storage In Nz

Report from ANZ on details of existing and future opportunity and  importance of water and irrigation in NZ 

Created 28 June 2020


Twin Oak Angus

Twin Oak Angus

Bull Sale 2020

Our team was fortunate to attend this year Bull sale at Twin Oak where some years ago we installed a High Performance Yard and Highflow 260 Cattle Handler and auto drafter .

We congratulate Roger and Susan with yet an outstanding sale .

Top price 40k with a couple of other lots going for around 25k, then between 8 and 11k with the lower prices around 4-5k. Total Bulls for sale 48.

R&S happy with the sale considering the current environment and grateful they were able to have the sale with the lifting of group restriction from 10 to 100.

Yards looked in very good order and is a credit to what was designed for the purpose and installed at the time.

Created 08 June 2020


Water, Is There Enough?

Water, Is There Enough?

Report On Global Water Sources And Supply

Mc Kensey and company report on Global water

Created 08 May 2020


Pain Relief For Lame Cows

Pain Relief For Lame Cows

Why Not?

By Vet South

For many of us when treating lame cows, the standard treatment is to do a corrective trim of the problem area and if it is a moderate or severe lameness then apply a hoof block to the other claw. This has been the standard treatment for many years, however only a small percentage of farmers and vets consider using a pain relief/anti-inflammatory on top of this eg. Metacam, Key, or Rimadyl. When we actually stop to think about this, it is quite interesting why pain relief is not commonly used. Lameness is described as being one of the most painful conditions for a dairy cow. This is easily seen with a lame cow limping down the track, instantaneously dropping their milk production, rapidly losing condition and having very poor fertility. The aim should be to return these cows back to normality as soon as possible so they can become productive again, and to minimise the welfare concerns of that cow.

A recent study shows the effectiveness of different treatments for lame cows. This study showed a drastic improvement of cure rates when adding a pain relief on top of the standard treatments. Newly lame cows were given 1 of 4 different treatment regimes, they were then assessed to identify their cure* rates 35 days post the initial treatment.

The following cure rates were observed:
- Corrective trim only 25%
- Corrective trim + hoof block 36%
- Corrective trim + 3 days of pain relief 29%
- Corrective trim + hoof block + 3 days of pain relief 56%

This study shows that by a large margin the most successful treatment is adding in a hoof block and 3 days of pain relief on top of corrective trimming. When comparing this treatment regime to corrective trimming alone, it more than doubles the cure rate**. When the treatment period shortens the cow will improve their productivity, condition and fertility faster, hence in the long run will be more profitable. This is particularly important with lame cows early on in the season or during mating.

Next time when treating lame cows consider using some pain relief to get better and faster cure rates, this is definitely going to become the normal treatment regime over time. Have a yarn to your KeyVet about which type of pain relief is best for your farm systems.

*cure = a DairyNZ locomotion score of 0 after 35 days since treated

** The difference in cure rates between treatment regime 1 and 4 was statistically significant

Evaluation of treatments for claw horn lesions in dairy cows in a randomized controlled trial (H. J Thomas et al). Journal of Dairy Science 2015

Created 08 April 2020


Tactical Use Of Nitrogen

Tactical Use Of Nitrogen

Climate Change 'best Practise'

Helpful article in respect of best use of N

Created 29 January 2020


Does Touching Teats Spread Mastitis

Does Touching Teats Spread Mastitis

Myth Busted

Article by Jane Lacey Hulbert

Created 26 November 2019


Lingering Lameness Why?

Lingering Lameness Why?

Quick Action Will Help!

article extraction from Inside Dairy

Created 25 November 2019


Circular Agriculture

Circular Agriculture

Refuse Reduce Reuse Recycle Rehome Rot

Linear of Circular what was went what is now is outdated, back to what everyone use to do !

Created 23 October 2019


Flexitank R The Solution

Flexitank R The Solution

Keeping The Smell Away From Neighbours Was A Major Consideration

Article on how Kelli solved their effluent problems

Created 23 October 2019


Spring Blast Can Rob Nutrients

Spring Blast Can Rob Nutrients

Article On Nutrients How And When

extract from Dairy News sept 3

Created 10 October 2019


Rings Make It Ezy

Rings Make It Ezy

Castrating Made Ezy

Created 06 August 2019


Effluent Storage And Efficiency

Effluent Storage And Efficiency

Storage Volumes, Distribution Volumes

Dairy NZ article on volumes and distribution

Created 18 July 2019


Information To Profit

Information To Profit

How To Use Information And Technology For Profit

Great article on how relatively small investments in technology for data collection of animal performance can make a positive contribution to the bottom line

Created 28 April 2019


Cow Comfort To The Test Nz

Cow Comfort To The Test Nz

Cow Comfort Nz

Many parts of animal wellbeing are poorly understood, particularly when it comes to comfort and wintering in NZ

Created 18 April 2019


Glyphosate The Facts And Alternatives

Glyphosate The Facts And Alternatives

Must Read

Science based article on Glyphosphate

Created 18 April 2019


Circular Agriculture Farm System Change

Circular Agriculture Farm System Change

The Time Is Now To Act Nz

The Circular economy is coming, NZ Ag is ill prepared for this massive change lead by the EU

Created 01 March 2019